Thursday, September 17, 2020

Finally, A "When Swing Was King" Gig!

Thank the Lord, it’s been quite a day. The beginning was the regular coffee conversation early this morning at Paradise with Patrick & John. This is a seriously intentional fellowship and it's always stimulating and encouraging to me. Thanks so much, guys. I’m so honored with your friendship. Then it was home for breakfast and to oversee the young fellow doing the autumn reseeding and aerating of the lawn. 

 Next, I finished up #29 in our series of “Anti-Boredom” Packets and Claire sent them out to the senior care facilities. We also put finishing touches on a Power Point presentation for this Sunday’s service at our church. It involves photos of Vital Signs Ministries activities over 37 years backed by a terrific 3 1/2 minute song by Scott Wesley Brown, “Who Will Stand in the Gap?” While I was doing this, Claire was doing VSM finances, posting the September LifeSharer letter on the web, sending it out to our email list, and posting on the website the last couple of our activity packets. 

 And finally, the pièce de résistance; namely, our first “When Swing Was King” show since February! 

 That’s right. We were invited in to Immanuel Village Assisted Living to present amplified songs in their outside courtyard but in a place where residents could hear it by sitting inside a common area (safely distanced) or actually sitting on the patio near where Claire and I were working the computer, microphone, and speaker. We didn’t know if it would work – the distance, the divided audience, the lack of the photos which normally accompany the show, the time since we’ve been there, and so on. We were expecting 3 or 4 people to be sitting way out yonder with no substantial communication between us. 

 We were intensely happy to be completely wrong! For we ended up with a combined audience of 25 or more and, for about 90 minutes, they were deeply involved in enjoying the music and stories, welcoming us back with wonderful enthusiasm, and letting us know how much they have appreciated the activity pages (along with the personal stories and photos that accompany each packet) over these long months. We were even able to have several conversations with them. The activity directors suggested they weren’t all that surprised by the turnout because, “Hey, they are really grateful for you guys thinking of them and putting in all that work on those activity pages. We kinda’ figured you’d get a bunch.” Wow. What a sweet blessing for us. And what a combination of blessings for the day. Thank You, Lord Jesus.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Where Did It All Come From?

There are really only two options in the end. Either there is a personal God Who made everything (carefully, purposefully and in keeping with His moral character) or everything is mere meaninglessness, an absurd collision of matter and chance to which the only authentic response is despair.

How incomparably sweet then that the revelation of Holy Scripture corresponds to the overwhelming evidence of the world, the moral conscience, and the universal longing of the human heart in acknowledging that God is there…and He is not silent.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Finishing Well: Lessons from King Asa

As I started work this morning on the Vital Signs Ministries monthly letter, it dawned on me that I hadn't presented a link here on the blog to last month's (August) letter. I sometimes overlook that because I post it on our Facebook pages and the VSM website and then forget to make sure it's here too.

Right below is the link. And, if I do say so myself, it's a relevant challenge indeed so, please check it out.

Finishing Well: Lessons from King Asa

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Going to the Dogs? #26 in Our "Anti-Boredom" Packets Is Out

Alas, the quarantines in the senior care facilities continue.

And, as long as this sad state of affairs goes on, we will keep creating our "Anti-Boredom" Packets for the residents who live there...and anyone else who needs a lift.

Last Friday, our first action after arriving home from our Colorado climbing trip was to send out #26 in our series. You can take a look at it (and all the others) on this page of the Vital Signs Ministries website.

And yes, inside #26 you will find 2 "dog photo quizzes" (with answers) that will give you a few smiles and memories. Here's one of them: